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a back and forth yords deal. >> the judiciary appeared to use the release to flex its muscles, which highlights the deep rift in iran ejen amongst the conservatives. on friday the foreign ministry announced plans for her to be released on saturday, with the result of ahmadinejad's personal intervention and reflected his special viewpoint of this islamic republic of iran on the dignity of women. hours later the judiciary suddenly called off the whole release which was a very embarrassing rebuke to ahmadinejad. like i said, this really highlights these deep rifts and this struggle for the balance of power in iran right now. >> all right. nbc's ali arouzi, thank you very much. and now here's carl. >> jenna, thanks. >>> as the nation remembers the september 11th attacks on saturday protesters took to the streets, tongurning the day's m from reflection to outrage. mike taibbi has the story. >> reporter: they are by now familiar remembrance. >> adam -- >> reporter: the pause of the moments when the planes struck and the towers fell. the bells, the reading of the names of those lost. >> jam
to keep them away from the eastern u.s., but bermuda will probably be in the sites of igor and most likely julia won't affect anything. we can't rule out the eastern coast being affected by igor. we'll have more a little bit later. >> a lot to watch. thanks, al. >>> let's check some of the morning's other top stories. ann curry is at the news desk. good morning, ann. >> good morning, everybody. in the news over the weekend indications that the on again, off again iran release of american hiker sarah shourd is on again. on sunday the judiciary said she can be released on $500,000 bail after being held for more than a year. we're following developments this morning. where do things stand? >> reporter: good morning, ann. right now sarah shourd is still in custody. her lawyer says they are waiting for the $500,000 bail to be cleared and then he expects she will be released. now, under the conditions of bail, she is allowed to leave iran but her trial on charges of espionage is going forward. along with the trial of the two other u.s. hikers arrested with her in 2009. over the weekend u.s. offi
anything. >> meredith. >> beth holloway's attorney is with us. >> hey, meredith. >> this came as a total surprise to you as well, she never told you she was going down to peru? >> she had already been down there a couple days before i knew she was there. >> why wouldn't she tell you? you're her lawyer. >> i've been her lawyer for five years. she knows i'm very cautious. i think she knew if she asked me what i thought, she might not like the response or ir would ask her to think about it a little more. >> you would have advised her not to do it? >> i think she made up her mind to do it and she didn't want to hear anything to the contrary. >> what did she tell you she was going to do there? what was she after? >> she said she went to see joran, she didn't give me any of the substance of what she was going to talk about, the purpose or how she was going to accomplish this, she just wanted me to know that she was down there so i could get her back if something happened. >> this is a maximum security prison, how did she get in there with a dutch television crew? >> i have no idea. >> you don'
fall backwards because the rest of us didn't care to fight because the stakes are too high for your country and for your future and i'm going to get out there and fight as hard as i can and i know you are too. >> reporter: the democratic national committee is spending $50 million to get obama '08 voters to show up in 2010. the latest nbc news "wall street journal" poll shows the race for congress tightening, republicans know hold a three-point lead over democrats among likely voters, down from a nine-point lead last month. the president's approval rating still stuck at 36%. in a backyard conversation with voters, the president fielded questions on everything from the economy to his faith. >> you know, i'm a christian by choice. my mother was one of the most spiritual people i knew. but she didn't raise me in the church. i think also understanding that you know that jesus christ dying for my sins spoke to the humility we all have to have as human beings. >> reporter: meanwhile a shake-up looms here at the white house. the chief of staff rahm emanuel could be gone within days to run f
, the glen david andrews band. they've been with us in jackson square this morning. we appreciate them sticking around. a lot of people are going to be pouring into this square throughout the day, the evening. >> there's going to be a lot of stuff going on. >> no question about it. all part of a kickoff for the pro football season. you can watch the game, right here on nbc. i'm matt lauer along with al roker here in a steamy new orleans. we've got ann and natalie back in new york city. ladies, good morning. >> good morning. i think we're both a little jealous, between the beignets, and the -- i won't say the cheerleaders -- but certainly all the great music. you look like you're having a lot of fun. >> it is a blast. as you can see, they've broken into the chant of who dat, who dat. we're going to have much more ahead coming up in this half hour. >> plus we're in a party mood, and you want to talk about tailgating. this is the tailgate city. we're going to do a little tailgating with our good buddy john. he's going to show us how to tailgate new orleans style with a little jambalaya, a
's expected to break today [ applause ] >> somebody needs to celebrate that moment. >> reporter: he's used to audiences hanging ones i every word. today eddie long's congregation is likely to be rapt in atntion like never before. members of his church and a satellite church in north carolina allegedly pressuring them into sex after they reached the legal age of concept. >> manipulation starts at 14 or 15 so basically they are indoctrinated into this man and then he goes forward with the next phase. so the law may not recognize that as child molestation, but manipulation of someone like this and abusing the ptoral relationship this way is not consent. >> reporter: long avoided the public spotlight, issuing messages through a spokespeon and his attorney who read a statement on a nationally syndicated radio talk show. >> let me be clear. the chargesgainst me and ne birth are false. i have devoted my life to helping others and these false allegations hurt me deep. but my faith is strong and the truth will emerge. >> reporter: debate on air and online has been passionate on both sides with the
. nice group of people joining us on the plaza this morning. on a day that's heating up. going to the mid 90s again today before cooling off over the weekend after that little thing called earl passes through. so we thank these people for stopping by. on the plaza, i'm matt lauer, ann curry is in for meredith. and natalie morales joins us, as well. we're going to talk in this half hour about a young lady with an unusual condition. >> imagine this, if you had a 14-year-old daughter and she could not eat for seven months straight. that actually happened. this young lady, and of course you can imagine what her parents went through. look at her now. we'll be talking to her about what she went through and how it affected her life. >> all right. >> okay. >> a reminder for you that on wednesday we brought our wedding couple here, melissa and jeremy, and then once we spent some time with them we gave you our four choices for the reception location here in new york city. well, we still need your help. got to go there and vote to our website at todayshow.com. learn more about our couple, melissa an
marriage. >> we can use that a lot. >> and we're here with mr. and mrs. gephardt. natalie mora morales is several blocks from here where the reception is going to take place. good morning to you. >> good morning to you, matt. the place settings are all ready and ready for melissa and family. you can see these personal and designer touches other than des celebrity, colin cowie. i can tell you taking a look at the menu, you guys will want to get a taste of this, smoked salmon napoleon, trufled eggs, appetizing, huh? and the signature cocktails i can't wbelimis and expresso martini, which is colin cowie's and we can't wait to welcome mr. an mrs. gephardt. >> we will send them down in a couple minutes. >> we have a little bit of business first. now that you're mr. and mrs. gephardt, you may be wanting to know where you're going for your honeymo honeymoon. you were shown amazing options, brazil, thailand, turks and caicos islands and portugal. the vote is in. >> who would like to do the honors, mr. or mrs. gephardt. here you go. >> . >> you will be going for your own private stay with a but
urgency, we say please bring josh fattal and shane bauer home to the united states and to us, their mothers. >> their mothers also said they're anxious to speak with sar shourd for any information they can give them. >>> christine o'donnell stunned mike castle. charlie rangel won his primary despite ethics charges. >>> secretary of state hillary rodham clinton say israel and the palestinians are, quote, getting down to business on key issues in the latest round of peace talks there. >>> police in afghanistan used live ammunition to break us protests against america. the protests are a lingering reaction to a florida pastor's plan to burn the koran, even though he has called that off. >>> and the miners trapped deep under ground -- his wife gave birth to a girl named hope in a nearby hospital. the miner will be able to see images of his daughter, but he won't be able to hold her, of course, until he is rescued still set for some months from now. >> great story, thank you, ann. >> ann, thank you very much. >>> stephanie abrams filling in for al. >> give us some mileage on the i
. the weather channel's jim cantore is there for us. jim, good morning. >> lester, good morning. yeah, the national weather service here, the bermuda weather service, says it's called to prepare for a direct hit. the center expected to come within 10 miles of bermuda. and with 100 mile wide hurricane force winds, a direct hit is unavailable in through here. you can already see the wave action behind me crashing into the rock cliffs through here. but they're preparing residents. that's the key, to take a major hit. something they haven't seen since fabian here. they're saying we're going to have roof damage, it's going to be widespread. we're going to have tree and power line damage. the royal navy is on standby. the big question is when are they going to be able to get in here? is it going to be monday afternoon? because it looks like conditions are going to be bad for 20, 30, 40 hours where no one will be able to leave their homes and no one will be out on the road. cruise ships plan to park here? no way. they're not even coming in. this certainly looks like it's going to be a very,
parties with the midterms fast approaching. >> michelle obama will use her popularity and influence in six state where is democratic candidates are in trouble. this as lisa murkowski is being accused of trying to split up the republican party in alaska by starting a write-in campaign for her senate seat. we're going to have more on all of this coming up in just a couple of minutes. >>> talking about controversy, that custody battle between mel gibson and his estranged girlfriend. the actor apologized for his behavior in those intimate phone conversations. so why is so much of their dirty laundry being aired so publicly and is oksana behind it all? this morning their attorneys speak out in an exclusive live interview. >>> and that british girl who just won the title of america's perfect teen. how do her fellow contestants feel about that? we're going to talk to her when she joining us from wales in a live interview. >> reporter: the president can be particularly effective raising money for democrats and he'll do that again "today," but democrats will now pass the popularity of the first lad
prison. beth holloway's attorney speaks out to us in an excluve live interview. >>> an why would she do it? that washington state woman who claims a random attacker who threw acid in her face admitting she did it herself "today," threw acid in her face admitting she did it herself "today," september 17, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning, welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm meredith viera. wild weather here. >> i was in my apartment on the phone, it looked like it was 10:00 at night, it got pitch black, the wind started ed tee. >> it was like coming down in sheets. it was like being in a car wash. >> hurricane force winds ripped roofs off of houses one woman was killed when a tree crashed on to her car. we're going to have much more on this storm and the damage it left behind in just a couple of minutes. >>> a toddler trapped under icy water for more than 20 minutes when he was finally rescued. his hearwas not beating. nearly an hour later, he was brought back to life. coming up we're going to meet that boy and talk to hi
been encouraging protests in iran, trying to exploit anger against the u.s. because of threats to burn the koran, and the controversy over the proposed islamic cultural center near ground zero. president ahmadinejad, blames all this on the conspiracy. >> translator: they have no relation, they are in no relati relation- >> reporter: there are jewish leaders working with muslim leaders to build the cultural center in new york city. there's no evidence of what you call zionists groups against it. fidel castro, your old friend, fidel castro criticized you for your comments about -- israel and -- >> translator: i need to talk, to speak. i think you should finish first and then you should let me explain. >> reporter: speak. >> what you see in islamic countries is what the people are against, that ugly behavior. they are not against the people of the united states, they are not against americans. >> reporter: we see no evidence that there is any such zionist conspiracy. >> reporter: he was equally combative about the iaea, which sharply rebuked iran this week for denying access to the two le
york city. expected to be in the comfortable mid 70s. happy to have so many great fine folks joining us this morning. from okeechobee, florida, very nice. here with us this morning. natalie morales in for carl quintanilla. matt is under the weather. we heard it yesterday. struggling with it. >> took him out of commission today. >> better get back. okay? >>> coming up on this half-hour, more on the story at the center of an nfl controversy. ines sainz was allegedly subjected to cat calls by the jets. now a harassment investigation is under way this morning. she's going to be here to tell us what she says happen and tell us her side of the story coming up in a little bit. >>> also this morning, joey's diet sos. we hear so much about the whole grains and the benefits of the whole grains. what are the benefits of including them in your dietment a diet. and brewing questions about green tea. is it as good as they say for you? you have little ones as home? i have 1-year-old twins. for one, new york family life is more than busy. it's nuts. sextuplets, 22 months old and a 9-year-old. the whole
years ago dr. richard edward lost the use of his hands in a brush fire. now he has a new set of hands after just the third double hand transplant in the united states. we will meet richard edwards and find out how he's doing in a few minutes. >> remarkable story. and live from new york it's "saturday night." 36 seasons. that's amazing. we had a chance to meet with the cast members about the new season. we'll tell you what to expect coming up. >> i left the studio yesterday morning. there was a line of people camping out trying to get into the show. >> they're out there now trying to pick up tickets. >>> first, with the mid-term elections around the corner a look back at the week in politics beginning with political theater. savannah guthrie reports. >> reporter: on capitol hill friday, more evidence of why some americans think washington is a joke. the comedian stephen colbert was billed as an expert witness on farm labor and testified in character. >> congresswoman loffgrin asked me to use my vast experience as a migrant farm worker. i'm happy to draw attention to this issue and i ho
city do an amazing job, but there needs to be a balance in terms of us doing a better job in terms of evaluating teachers, also management doing a better job in terms of saying let's help train teachers up and if they can't do the job, don't let them have automatic tenure. >> there's a new movie out called "waiting for superman" it wa paints a dismal picture of education in this country. teachers unions are set up to protect their members to the detriment of learning, why is that an unfair assessment. >> i could go through it factually, i don't want to do that. this is what i was concerned about about that movie. there are thousands of public schools in the united states of america that do a great job. should we all be doing a better job? absolutely, yes. i saw your interview with the president yesterday, matt, i agreed with everything the president said, we all have to do a better job, the mayor is right, the global economy is really different. schooling is different today than when you and i went to school. the thinking skills are things that all kids need right now. the bottom l
their paths will keep them away from the eastern u.s. but bermuda will probably be in the sights of igor and most likely julia will not affect anything but can't rule out the eastern coast being affected by igor. more a little bit later. >> a lot to watch. >>> let's get a check of some of the other morning's top stories. ann curry is at the news desk. >> in the news over the weekend, indications that iran's on again/off again release of american hiker sarah shourd is on again. sunday iran's judiciary said she can be released on $500,000 bail after being held more than a year. stephanie gosk is following developments. where do things stand? >> reporter: right now sarah shourd is still in custody. her lawyer says they're twatding for the $500,000 bail to be cleared and then she will be released. under the conditions of bail, she's allowed to leave iran but her trial on charges of espionage is going forward along with the trial of the two other u.s. hikers who were arrested with her in 2009. over the weekend u.s. officials said they were cautiously optimistic that showered would be rereleas
-price toys and high chairs and a warning for parents of newborns who use popular sleep positioners. federal officials say you should stop using them immediately. details on all of this in a few minutes. >>> plus, there are plenty of hot spots in las vegas. this is ridiculous. the facade of a new hotel is creating what some are calling a death ray tha is hot enough to melt plastic. one pers at the pool said he had his hair cinched from the heat. more on that in a moment. >> let us begin with tore ren sal rainsnd threat of flooding on the east coast. weather channel jim cantore is on the east coast. good morning. >>eporte good morning. if i said we set three and four and five day rainfall records, that probably doesn't mean much but when i put the numbers on it, we had 20 inches of rain in the last four days. here comes the rain again. we had enough of break this morning the waterseceded a little on this road. you can see the water line. it came up another two feet when we got the period of heavy rain. that's what we're worried about. when these periods of heavy rain come in, will they produc
. nbc's miguel almaguer is on the scene. miguel, what can you tell us? >> reporter: matt, good morning. at least 75 people were rushed to the hospital overnight, some of them injured critically. we know at least one person is dead, although that number may rise. some 53 homes were completely destroyed. more than 100 others damaged. it's believed the explosion may have been caused by a ruptured gas line. and as one witness said here, they described the scene as "hell on earth." the explosion ripped through san bruno just before 7:00 local time, the dinner hour in this suburb just south of san francisco. a blast so violent, some thought it was an earthquake, or worse, a jetliner crash. it was neither. >> i went out and seen this big fireball. first thing i thought was, oh, god, something went up, and it was intense with flames. >> reporter: a monster, gas-fed fireball with flames shooting as high as 100 feet into the air was burning so hot, it obscured everything around it. asphalt melted, windows shattered, the sky turned black and the sound, what witnesses describe as a roaring and a g
that used the word for the ocean roiling. i never heard that term before. but this ocean has been roiling since we got here. >> reporter: and roiling waters and storm predictions were all the governor of north carolina needed to declare a state of emergency. >> people are telling us tonight, based on predictor models, that it's just going to come close to our coast, we've all got to be very sensitive to the fact that in a blink of an eye, it changes. >> reporter: the last big storm to hit north carolina, hurricane isabel in 2003, killed at least 16 and caused $3.4 billion in damage on its path up the eastern u.s. >> between the personnel, the vehicles, and also four warehouses fully stocked with blankets and food and water. the red cross is ready. >> reporter: while earl is stirring up a sense of urgency down below, it's also creating a sense of wonder from above. >> the strength of the storm looks just absolutely amazing. just unbelievable view of the planet. you have to wonder what's going on below those clouds. >> reporter: and, of course, the question is, where is earl going? we've go
disasters in u.s. history. in a post on their website, they call it a tragedy that arose from a complex series of mechanical failures, engineering designs, human judgments and a lack of teamwork. 11 workers died when the rig exploded. a wind-driven fire destroyed at least two dozen homes in detroit on tuesday. they believe the blaze was sparked by tree limbs that fell on to power lines and it fell from house to house, 85 in all. no injuries have been reported, but 100,000 people lost power. a wildfire near boulder colorado destroyed about 100 buildings, half of them houses. it forced 3500 people to evacuate and federal agencies are now commanding the firefighting effort as the area is now under a state of emergency. president obama heads to cleveland where he will propose giving small tax breaks to hire more workers. the president is going to urge congress to select tax cuts for wealthy americans expire. leader john boehner said he fought to block that by calling for a two-year freeze on all tax rates. >> iran's foreign ministry suspended the death by stoning sentence for a woman convic
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into iran illegally. >>> and more help for u.s. border patrol as it fights illegal immigration and drug trafficking across the texas/mexico border. an unmanned drone aircraft was launched on thursday from the naval air station in corpus christi, texas. and officials said it can now detect a human being from an altitude of 9,000 feet. >>> it is now four minutes past the hour. let's go over to al for a check of the weather. >> all right. thanks a lot, ann. as we check out what's happening for you today, we've got a risk of strong storms in the midwest, supercells may develop, maybe a tornado or two, golf ball-sized hail. on the radar, you can see those storms developing down through the mid-mississippi river valley. some areas in central missouri could pick up about three to five inches of rain before it's all over. that's what's goi >> the sun is out this morning and only a few scattered clouds and temperature is cool in the 50's and 60's and temperatures climbing into ♪ brick house >>> this morning on "today's real estate," what you can get for less than $350,000, whether you're looki
glad hurricane earl did not do anymore damage, but i could have used a drop of an at my house and we didn't get anything. >> it skirted off to the east, heading right toward nantucket, skirted north carolina. this has been a real close call. doesn't mean everyone's out of the woods. they did get a labor day break from hurricane earl in the northeast. actually it's been downgraded to a tropical storm as it brushed the coast of massachusetts this morning with heavy rain and high winds. >> and lots of sighs of relief up and down the east coast because this could have been a lot worse. but it if you're thinking of testing the waters at the beach, you'll want to watch out for what earl left behind. we'll have a full update. >> half a world away, a big earthquake in new zealand caused widespread damage in their second largest city which is actually locked down today. >> the prime minister said it was a miracle that no one was killed. we will head live to christ church for a look at the damage there in just a few minutes. >> back in this country, coulky horman would have been going back tol
is really making her presence felt in the state next to us here in texas. twisters touched down in and around the city of dallas. that's where the weather channel's julie martin is joining us from this morning. julie, good morning to you. what's the latest? >> well, good morning, matt. hermine made for a very wild weather day here in texas, from flash flooding to tornadoes. it really left its mark, and unfortunately, it is not finished just yet. i want to take you now to some images from the evening rush hour last night here in dallas, as twisters just started dropping out of the sky, as many as six funnels reported throughout the area. one of them slicing right through the heart of the city, hitting many buildings, bringing up water mains, and also knocking out power to thousands of people. one of the most impressive images, an 18-wheeler literally picked up, flipped 180 degrees with the driver inside, and slammed into the very building i am standing in front of. that driver, by the way, is doing all right this morning. but before all of that widespread flash flooding throughou
-like group. kristen welker joins from us los angeles. >> authorities say five adults and eight children are missing. the kids range in age from 3 to 17 years old. officials believe they may be immigrants from el salvador. they are in palmdale, an hour north of los angeles. family members reported the people missing saturday afternoon and expressed concern because they found personal belongings in a purse that one of the cult members left behind. >> they left behind notes saying they were going to visit their deceased relatives and meet jesus. notes that indicated that they wanted to go to the next life. no words such as suicide or taking our own life were used at all. but the indications seem that that may be a possibility. >> authorities also found cell no one's that purse. authorities have released a picture, this picture of the woman they believe is the leader of the group. her name is reyna chicas. >> have authorities said whether this group exhibited any signs of this in the past? >> it's reported six months ago they were heading to a rocky outdoors area to wait for an earthquake o
. >> we want to get more information on this right now, john yang is in kabul for us with the latest. john, what do you know this morning? >> reporter: good morning, matt, as you say, the nine servicemen dead are americans, nbc news is being told and at least one american civilian is among the three injured. this happened as you say in zabul province in southeastern afghanistan. much of the territory there is controlled by the taliban and coalition forces led by the united states had been stepping up their efforts to take on the taliban in that area, to try to drive them out. this has been the deadliest year for coalition forces, the deadliest year for u.s. forces with today's crash, 351 americans haveied this year. matt? >> john, but as we say, according to american sources the cause of this is still under investigation and yet the taliban has already claimed responsibility. is that the norm in a situation like this? would they normally do something like that? >> reporter: it's very common, matt. as a matter of fact we got the call here at nbc news from a taliban spokesman claiming respon
up to tell us about that. >>> and also a lot of people trying to sell a home these days. would you buy a home like this? it could be more fab. a little later, we'll show you the after pictures, how the homes were staged for a quick sale. we will have news on what won't cost you a lot up front but pay off when you go to sell the home. from runways to politicians, everyone wants in on new york's fashion week. we'll show you what you will be wearing next spring. >> you got to take a look. >> i got to take a look and went to a couple shows this week. it was a lot of fun. you have more on top stories. >> i do. history is being made where pope benedict is making his four day trip to the united kingdom. this marks the first time a british pope has been invited to an officially protestant citizen. it has kradrawn criticism from mostly protestant citizens and the handling of abuse charges on children. >>> and president mahmoud ahmadinejad told andrea mitchell the fate of the remaining two hitchhikers in iran is up to that country's judicial system. >>> the number of foreclosured homes jumpe
school year in the u.s. saying it could make a difference in performance. >>> officials are keeping a watch on a levee that was close to failing on sunday in wisconsin. people have evacuated their homes in portage, wisconsin. and in minnesota, a massive cleanup is underway after extensive flooding there. >>> the pastor of a powerful georgia church vowed sunday to fight allegations that he lured four young men into sexual relationships. thousands backed the new birth missionary baptist church to hear bishop long -- bishop long is an outspoken opponent of gay marriage. >>> 60 passengers aboard the delta connection flight from atlanta were told to brace for impact. the plane landed safely with only 2/3 of its landing gear deployed and sparks flew up as the right wing scraped the ground. hyundai is recalling nearly 120,000 sonata sedans sold in the u.s. some of the cars have steering wheels that are not properly connected and could result in loss of control. >>> critical hardware arrived this weekend at the site of that mine collapse in chile where 33 miners have been trapsed since augu
of september, 2010. warmer than normal temperatures for the first day of fall as mr. roker pushes us into the mid-80s. >> that's right. >> m not complaining. >> it will be even warmer. >> and with us, tamra hall. nice to have you. >> good news. it appears they're making more progress than they expected down in chile with the miners trapped more than a half mile below the surface of the earth. they have been there 50 days now. and thought they might not get them until christmas and natalie morales is down there and there is a progress report that might bump them up. we'll talk to natalie in a couple minutes. >> that is good news. if you think marriage is tops, quite a story, four wives, 16 children. they claim very little drama. that's what they say. this group is now the focus of a tlc reality show, called "sister wives." look how adorable the show is. people are tweeting online and sending e-mails and we asked them to come back and answer questions from "today" show viewers. and questions about the jealousy and how you keep it together. there's a little drama. >> a tv show. >> there
holt. the two of us are sitting here together, it means one thing, it's a monday holiday. we're laboring away. matt and meredith will be back tomorrow. always good to be with you. >> the "b" team. no, we're the "a" team. >> b-plus. anyway, this time last week, of course, we were watching tropical storm and then hurricane earl made a real close pass to the east coast and now we're looking back in the gulf there is a new storm to worry about today. >> that's right. it's tropical storm hermine which formed in the gulf of mexico overnight. it's the eighth named storm of the season. tropical storm warnings have been posted already for northern mexico and south texas, which could get hit with severe flash flooding. we're going to get the very latest on the track of the storm in just a moment. >>> then, it has happened again. another woman has had acid thrown in her face, the second time in less than a week. this time the attack occurred in arizona. once again, it was another woman who did it. was it a topee cat attack? we'll ask an expert coming up. >> unbelievable. >>> plus an nbc
a guardrail sliced right through his suv. he survived, and he'll be talking to us about that coming up this morning. now, matt, back to you at the white house. >> thanks very much. we've got a lot to get to. first, let's go back inside studio 1a. tamron hall has all the headlines. >>> we began with more flooding in parts of the midwest. a levee is leaking in portage, wisconsin. some people have been evacuated. officials say if more evacuations are needed residents will have to get out by boat. people in minnesota are also dealing with major flood damage. >>> today a panel appointed by president obama starts its investigation into the bp oil spill in the gulf of mexico and the administration's response to it. >>> hyundai is recalling more than 139,000 sonata sedans sold in the u.s. because of potential steering wheel problems. the recall involves 2011 sonatas built before september 10th. >>> with the summer driving season now over, gas prices are holding steady, according to the lundberg survey. the average price for regular, now $2.69 a gallon. >>> comcast chief operating officer, stev
protests in tehran, trying to exploited anger against the u.s. because of threats to burn the koran and the controversy over the proposed islamic cultural center near ground zero. president ahmadinejad, blames all this on what he calls a zionist conspiracy. >> translator: we believe there is a minority in the united states and they are zionists. they have no religion. they believe in no religion. >> there are jewish leaders working with muslim leaders to build the cultural center in new york city. there's no evidence of elite what you call zionists groups against it. fidel castro, your old friend, fi dell castro, criticized you for your comments about israel and -- >> translator: i need to talk, to speak. >> excuse me. >> translator: i think you should finish first, and then you should let me explain. >> speak. >> translator: what you see in islamic countries is what the people are against, that ugly behavior. they are not against the people of the united states, they are not against americans. >> we see no evidence that there is any such zionist con spour si. >> reporter: he was eq
farewell. then as the cameras rolled, he slowly came back to life and the whole family is with us for an exclusive interview today, friday, september 3rd, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today." it's 7:00 a.m. on this west coast morning. they are looking at west coast time and that is cape hatteras in north carolina. i'm matt lauer. >> pretty rolling out there. i'm ann curry in for meredith. good morning, everybody. here on the east coast, as you were mentioning, earl has >> this morning the storm's outer bands stretch from north carolina all the way up the coast into pennsylvania andp ne jersey. fortunately the eye has so far remained offshore. that's good news. >> top winds are 105 miles per hour. it was downgraded to a category 2 from a 4 overnight, so, so far the storm surge has been minor and the flooding minimal. cape cod and nantucket are in its sights and are expected to get hurricane-force winds later today. >> we've got the storm covered all up and down the east coast this morning. let's start with al roker. he's in
, this is -- this is a near miss. if this had been right on point, it would have been a mess for us. right now, we've got wind gusts of over 70 miles per hour and it's a sand-driven, wind-driven rain that is just really brutal. we have had reports of flooding. we still have power throughout good portions of the outer banks right now. a lot of people are really, really excited about the fact that this could have been much worse. it's downgraded in its size and power. right now, we do have hurricane warnings in effect still for the northern half of the coastline of north carolina. we also have tropical storm watches and warnings all the way up to new england. hurricane warnings for parts of new england as well. the big problem is going to be the storm surge. not so much the rain. it's going to be the storm surge, anywhere from two to four feet of storm surge, some areas picking up five feet of storm surge, but make no mistake, rainfall is still going to be an issue. we're talking about rain that could be anywhere from two to four to six inches, some areas picking up seven to ten inches of rain, especially as yo
, the folks that tell us they're not likely to vote, they actually approve of the president's job with 75% approval rating. these are minorities and young voters. they have no interest in this election, if they get interested, they could close that gap. >> how do you get them interested? >> look, that's what the president's trying to do. here's what's odd. turnout goes up, people get enthusiastic about voting when they're unhappy. this small slice of voters, it's only 10% of the electorate, they're happy with the president, they're happy with democrats so they don't see a reason to get off their keisters and go out and vote right now. maybe that will change, but i'll be honest, our pollsters tell us it's very unlikely. >> let's take a look at who voters want to control congress. and the poll shows there's a tie, 43% of all responders would like to see democrats hold congress, 43% would like to see republicans gain control of congress. but when you boil that down to likely voters, the republicans have a 9 point advantage. >> let's boil that down to actually house seats, a nine point advant
that fiber keeps us full, it pulls down cholesterol, stabilizes blood sugar levels. vegetables are also important when it comes to weight management. >> when we're talking about how much the average person should eat it may sound like a lot but what are we talking? >> at least two to three cups. these things are all portioned down at one cup. a cup of carrots, a cup of peppers, broccoli, leafy greens because they're puffier, you would want two cups to equal that one cup. these are nonstarchy vegetables so the more the better. >> starchy vegetables? >> an ear of corn is equivalent to one cup. >> you okay? >> sorry. a cup of peas, or a medium white or sweet potato. so there's a lot of choices. >> working it into your day you've got a sample of kind of what could be an average day. >> right. and without a salad we're going to do this. start with lunch because a lot of people don't like to have vegetables with breakfast. a cup of soup and piling on lettuce and tomato on a sandwich. that's one cup serving of vegetables. as a snack you could have some baby carrots and hummus. another cup of v
a second and see all the nice people who are gathered with us in rockefeller plaza, outside our window on the world, on what is already warming up to be a bit of a steamy day here in mid town manhattan. on the plaza, i'm matt lauer along with ann curry and tamron hall joining us this morning. nice to have you here. >> thank you. >> coming up we've got a horrible story. a story about this gunman who took hostages at the discovery channel headquarters outside washington, d.c. what is really bizarre about the story is during the standoff he actually spoke to a producer here at nbc news. we're going to hear some of what he had to say. also talk much more about hurricane earl bearing down on the east coast of the united states. could make landfall around north carolina sometime late tonight, maybe tomorrow morning. al as you can see is down in kill devil hills in north carolina. he's going to give the latest on that storm, including some mandatory evacuations already in progress. we'll get to him in a couple of minutes. >> plus want to get to a complicated case involving an ohio woman who b
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